Facelift FAQs

Our faces and necks are usually first to show signs of aging, and for this reason, many men and women choose a facelift procedure to help refresh, smooth and lift these key areas. Dr. Lee B. Daniel is a board certified plastic surgeon who is known as one of the premier facelift specialists in the Eugene area. He works to tighten underlying muscles, recontour the skin and remove excess fat to create a rejuvenated look for his clients.

Here you’ll find some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the facelift procedure, but feel free to contact our office with any unanswered queries. We can’t wait to help you put your best face forward.

Am I a candidate for a facelift?

In general, candidates for a facelift are in good health with no medical conditions that could interfere with the healing process. They are nonsmokers who maintain realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure. For those looking to refresh their face who may not be the best candidates for a surgical procedure, Dr. Daniel provides a number of non-surgical options that may achieve modest results. Information about these non-surgical options can be found at the spa side section of our main site.

Are there different kinds of facelifts?

Before going through with the facelift procedure, you will need to decide which option best fits your needs. For example, in a traditional facelift, fat is removed or sculpted in order to contour the face and lift the muscles. This sometimes requires a substantial incision that you may want to avoid depending on your needs. Alternatively, there is the limited incision facelift in which shorter incisions are made either at the temples, around the ears, in the lower eyelid or chin. Procedures may be combined with a neck lift in which excess skin beneath the neck and at the jowls is removed to give a firmer appearance. You will need to discuss your needs and options with Dr. Daniel at your consultation.

How do I prepare for my procedure?

The face is an important and sensitive part of the body, and everyone needs to prepare differently for their procedure. For this reason, it is pertinent that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Daniel in which he will go over the steps that you need to take before your surgery. In this consultation, you will discuss your personal health and desired results so you can choose the best procedural option for you, including whether he recommends any medical spa treatments before or after surgery to improve skin tone and texture and create longer-lasting results.

How long is the recovery process?

It is not uncommon for swelling and bruising to continue for up to 2 to 4 weeks after the procedure. After about a month, you should see these symptoms begin to subside, with healing reaching completion after 12 months. Incision marks may take up to 6 to 12 months to fade, but there are options to improve the look of scars if redness lasts longer. After your procedure, skin on the face and upper neck should appear smoother and firmer, and wrinkles should be minimized, leaving you looking naturally younger and refreshed.

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